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by March
Mon Feb 15, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Raymarine EV-100 Wheel Pilot -Mac26X
Replies: 34
Views: 1452

Re: Raymarine EV-100 Wheel Pilot -Mac26X

On my 26X, I have a step rather than a ladder leading to the cockpit. I mounted my fluxgate compass right under the step. It's right along the median axis, covered safely with the step cover, away from any metallic connectors (the plug to the airvent don't count). But my compass is smaller and has a...
by March
Mon Feb 08, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Raymarine EV-100 Wheel Pilot -Mac26X
Replies: 34
Views: 1452

Re: Raymarine EV-100 Wheel Pilot -Mac26X

I used an OEM wheel puller. Anything else was too large and had to bend the plastic cover which goes on top of the hub on the wheel. I guess it would have worked in a pinch, but the small OEM has narrower "claws" that fit perfectly
by March
Mon Feb 08, 2021 6:46 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: EV-100 Auto Pilot
Replies: 7
Views: 192

Re: EV-100 Auto Pilot

Yeah, the "doughnut" mounted behind the wheel has to be propped against something, so that the motor may have purchasing power (not a good idea to keep it propped only against the tubular actuator). I loved the elegant solution with the axle coming right through the steering column! What I did on mi...
by March
Mon Feb 01, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: What did you pay for your Mac?
Replies: 15
Views: 722

Re: What did you pay for your Mac?

Boat type and year: 1995 Mac X Year bought: 2001 private sales Asking price and price paid: $15 k Motor: Johnson 50 Options included: Roller furler, sail covers, bimini and dowsar (nice!) Origo stove, two batteries with manual combiner, cockpit cushions, interior cushions totally and beautifully red...
by March
Fri Jan 01, 2021 2:23 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Airhead Composting Toilet Integration Project
Replies: 20
Views: 1409

Re: Airhead Composting Toilet Integration Project

That would be great, Ixneigh! Mine is venting into the cockpit--the Nicro vent is mounted above the sink. I was considering the option of making some sort of an L-shaped plastic pipe and attach the Nicro solar vent on top--too much of a hassle and it would look kind of funky. ' Like Chinook said, so...
by March
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Raymarine SmartPilot X5 woes
Replies: 9
Views: 500

Re: Raymarine SmartPilot X5 woes

Thanks. Neo! I'll give it a shot--step by step.
Winter's long enough for that
by March
Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Raymarine SmartPilot X5 woes
Replies: 9
Views: 500

Re: Raymarine SmartPilot X5 woes

No, I haven't bee able to download the file. If I click on the link, it goes. "file does not exist" The message is "low battery" (I think...) which is absurd--like I said, I have a brand-new two house battery bank and they were both fully full The motor is indeed too light for the job. I''ve heard t...
by March
Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Raymarine SmartPilot X5 woes
Replies: 9
Views: 500

Re: Raymarine SmartPilot X5 woes

Thank you, Neo. The two color-coded reversed wires were the ones that go into the computer (not sure where they come from, but they were originally color-coded and I had followed the diagram religiously). Most probably from the motor itself. The fluxgate compass showed the right direction, as far as...
by March
Thu Dec 10, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Raymarine SmartPilot X5 woes
Replies: 9
Views: 500

Raymarine SmartPilot X5 woes

Hello, everyone! Have had the Raymarine SmartPilor autopilot for about 6 years now. Even though I had some issues setting it up (the color coded cables to the computer were reversed--if you can believe that: made in Hungary, huh!) it took us with no problems to the Bahamas, working continuously and ...
by March
Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Swing keel nightmare
Replies: 7
Views: 1261

Swing keel nightmare

Two weeks ago, we took the Mac 26X to another lake in the area-- four days of sailing and motoring around, camping on the water, the works. There were some minor glitches, of course (the mice had eaten through the dinghy over the winter, the auto-pilot worked only intermittently, etc). but, by and l...
by March
Sat Sep 07, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Thinking of buying a MacGregor 26M
Replies: 5
Views: 1941

Re: Thinking of buying a MacGregor 26M

Aah! Missed an opportunity. I was ready to meet you at the Apostle Islands , lake superior, and introduce you to the pleasures of MacGregor life, aside from those of a unique sailing place in the world. Unfortunately, the summer vacation is over and I'm stuck in the MidWest for the rest of the other...
by March
Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Sail luff friction in mast slide - solutions Pressure reducing slide?
Replies: 15
Views: 4830

Re: Sail luff friction in mast slide - solutions Pressure reducing slide?

I use Sailkote slug lubricant. Spray it in the groove at the beginning of each season. Works pretty well. With your mast down, you might want to double-check the groove itself and see if it's not kinked. Take a slug and slide it through, from one end to the other. Slugs come in different sizes and y...
by March
Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: An alternative to the bump
Replies: 15
Views: 7303

Re: An alternative to the bump

The other possibility is, once you winch the boat all the way up to the "V" in the water, pull it out; as the boat settles on the trailer, there will be a space. Back the trailer up into the water and winch it more tightly. I have found that after two such attempts, the boat sits snugly almost all t...
by March
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Got it up, now what?
Replies: 5
Views: 1997

Re: Got it up, now what?

If your boat is a Mac 19, you might want to post it under the "Ventura" heading. For a typical Mac 25, the boom attaches to the gooseneck at the lower end of the mast (but then again, if you've never set it up, some of the pieces of the gooseneck might be missing). The sail has "slugs" and you need ...
by March
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: What are the odds?
Replies: 6
Views: 1813

Re: What are the odds?

One in the remaining three?